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Old 02-11-2011, 04:33 PM   #1
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Brand new 2011 Rockwood Roo 233S

Hello everyone,
I just purchased a 2011 Rockwood Roo 233S and have only seen the actual TT in pictures. Let me clarify, I first saw this model hybrid at the Dulles Expo camper show about a month ago and my wife and kids fell in love with the design. I down played the camper and explained we could not afford a new camper. The kids accepted my explanation although a little disappointed. As a surprise for the family I bought one but it doesn't get delivered until March 12, 2011 and I am terrible at keeping secrets.
We currently have a Starcraft Starmaster 21í (No A/C, No Heat, No Toilet) PUP and have survived the annual trips to the state parks in the late spring but never used it during the summer or winter due to heat/humidity and cold. I guess it was a little crowded with two adults, three kids, two dogs plus everything that goes with. Sorry to say goodbye to the PUP but Iím sure the sorrow will be short lived.
PUP goes up for sale as soon as the Roo arrives and I am looking forward to enjoying the summer at campgrounds everywhere and some trips to the mountains in the fall.
I sure could use suggestions on what things to get for the camper to make life a little more enjoyable for me, my wife, three daughters (tweenagers) and two dogs. Cats, fish and hermit crabs are staying home.
It has been fun posting for the first time. Thanks in advance for any help guiding us on this new and exciting adventure.



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Old 02-11-2011, 07:16 PM   #2
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welcome to the forum - what vehicle are you towing the Roo with?
- you can purchase Toilet paper, Tank Sanitizer, Bed Linen's, Towels, pillows, Pots and pans and dishes before it arrives if you dont already have that stuff -
wouldnt purchase much more then that till it arrives
- your power cables and water hoses willl most likely be the same as what the PUP had - you may need to purchase some power converter's but wouldnt go crazy till after you get out and use it - you will know some of the stuff you will need after you get out in it

- You will probably want to purchase a Hitch with weight distribution and sway control unless you can get a better deal at the RV place you are buying the Roo from

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Old 02-11-2011, 08:30 PM   #3
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Thanks for the advice on supplies. I'll be towing with a 2006 Toyota Sequoia, V8 and the dealer sold me a E2 WD hitch. I can't think of the brand at the moment.
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Old 02-11-2011, 10:10 PM   #4
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Congrats on joining the "Roo Kroo!"

be sure to post future questions and pics in the Expandable section, here at FRF. there's even a Roo sub-section.

seems like i've been seeing more and more new 233S owners than any other new hybrid. and they've been out for a couple of years.
i guess they are finally catching on.

there are certain mods for hybrids, that will enhance your enjoyment.
PUGs/solar blankets and Reflectix are some of them.
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Old 02-12-2011, 06:35 AM   #5
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Old 02-12-2011, 09:07 AM   #6
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bikendan and Glen5995,

Thanks for the welcome and for the suggestion on the the solar blankets. I'll head over to the Roo section after this.
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Old 02-12-2011, 09:38 AM   #7
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Welcome..........Im sure your going to enjoy it !! We almost bought that model but went for the Rockwood Windjammer 3065, alot more money..sometime's wish Id have just gone with the Roo !! Anyway Enjoy! This is a great forum of owners that are very helpfull with any question no matter how small !! They have been very helpfull to me !! I just like trolling through questions and answers.....learning all the way !! So Enjoy the new camper ...the PUP will be forgotten as soon as the new one arrives !!
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Old 02-12-2011, 11:52 AM   #8
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Thanks Bigred. I've had fun so far spending in my mind.
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Old 02-12-2011, 12:44 PM   #9
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Hi Dave,

Since you mentioned that you haven't had the three luxuries (No A/C, No Heat, No Toilet) are a few things that came to my mind that might be something you'll want to look more into before your first trip.

A/C - Consider buying an A/C cover to put on it over long storage periods. Not only will it will help keep out the mud daubers, but also anything that could blow into it and build up during the off periods....leaves are a big one. ADCO and Classic Accessories both carry something along that line. I went one step further and bought the tire covers made by ADCO so that the tires won't rot in the summer sun while parked on the side of my garage. A fin & coil shield might be worth while if you park under low lying trees...just in case. I don't have one of these yet, but one of these day's i'll get to it.

Heater - My first thought was the amount of battery power this could eat up during extended dry camping/boondocking. It might be worth it to think about the dual 6V battery conversion if you've ever wanted to do it. OR Honda/Yamaha generator time.....

Toilet - I have this forum and the people i've talked with to thank for all the advice on this subject. I don't know what kind of quality the stock sewer hose would be these days, but the one in my 2k is considered the emergency hose...if I have no other choice, I'll use it. Otherwise, I have a heavy duty sewer hose that is much thicker and doesn't leak. I am also one of the people who have mounted a square vinyl fence post under the frame for carrying this hose and it's accessories outside of my slide storage. Don't forget to pick up some disposable rubber gloves and some's just good hygiene practice...nobody needs to get sick from this. There are also lots of chemicals and detergents available for your black tank and toilet and everyone will have their choice of what to use. As for me, I use a combination of Unique Digest-It and a drop in packet that effervesces when it hits water....which cleans the bowl and when flushed down, works along with the Unique Digest-It. Another item worth mentioning would be a tank rinsing system if it didn't already come with one. For example. you'll find many threads on the camco tornado rotary tank rinse system. With the amount of T.P. that could be going through the tank, it might be worth while to get it installed now instead of later (tanks are still sparkling clean) and your rv service guy will thank you. . Search the forum on keeping your black tank in good shape, this will be one of the first sources for losing the enjoyment of camping in your TT if not maintained properly.

I hope this helps.

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Old 02-12-2011, 04:23 PM   #10
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I appreciate the advice since I know nothing about maintaining a TT. I'm learning a lot from everyone and just searching around FRF has been very enjoyable. I think I will get a tornado cleaner for the black tank. With four women in the camper we go through a lot of TP.


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